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Goatsnake/Burning Witch [split]

Burning Witch - Goatsnake/Burning Witch [split] ©2000 Hydrahead
1. The Bleeder
2. Communion
Burning Witch:
3. Raw Curtains
4. Burial At Sea

Being a pretty big fan of both of these bands, I was highly looking forward to this split. Were my expectations met? Well, kinda.

Goatsnake start it off with one killer, extremely heavy Sabbathy sludgecore track, which has some excellent "mantra-like" vocals, and a cover of Saint Vitus' "Burial At Sea". The Vitus cover isn't as good as the original, but not much is. Goatsnake's two tracks are definitely the highlight of the split, but the problem is they aren't representative of the band at all. Goatsnake usually play groovy stoner rock type stuff and the tracks on this split led a few people to believe that they were some kind of brutal sludgecore band.

The Burning Witch tracks are disappointing. They seem to have taken one track from each of their recording sessions for their split and they sound more like out-takes than anything, as they aren't nearly as powerful and effective as anything from either of their two EPs (which are both available on the Crippled Lucifer" CD). Their monstrously heavy, slow, brutal doom/sludge style worked extremely well on the tracks on those releases, but on these tracks it just sounds really tedious and annoying. I think there's a reason these two songs weren't released until a few years after the two EPs were.

So, while this is a required purchase for fans of either of these two bands, this would not be a good place to start for either of them. Pick up Goatsnake's I or Burning Witch's Crippled Lucifer and then maybe move on to this one if you dig those.

Review by Mark Pennington

Review date: 08/2001

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